12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2018 06:32
Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser attended the 25th OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council in Milan where he acknowledged that the security situation in the region is a cause for concern and that the international community should seek solutions to conflicts.
'Today, we must unfortunately witness that commitment to our shared values has started to diminish and some countries are avoiding their obligations. This undermines the security situation as a whole,' Mikser said. 'In the OSCE, the region's largest security organisation, we must have an open and honest discussion about these concerns,' he emphasised.
In his speech, Foreign Minister Mikser expressed concern over the situation in Ukraine. 'By escalating tensions in the Azov Sea, Russia has violated international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,' Mikser said. 'We call on Russia to immediately return the Ukrainian vessels, release the crew members, and ensure that vessels from Ukraine and other countries can pass through the Kerch Strait and sail in the Sea of Azov as provided for in international law. We all would like to see peace in Ukraine,' Mikser continued.
The Foreign Minister also referred to the situations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Moldova and Georgia when he emphasised that the international community must seek peaceful solutions to the on-going conflicts. He also stressed the importance of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are prerequisites for safe and peaceful societies.
Foreign Minister Mikser also met with counterparts from Moldova, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Canada, and the Kyrgyz Republic in the margins of the event.
Information on the OSCE Ministerial Council: https://www.osce.org/event/mc_2018
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